Gardening and Landscaping

Gardening and Landscaping with Native Plants


FNPS Landscaping Brochure

Here is the Southeast Regional FNPS Native Landscaping brochure. One side shows 63 recommended native landscape species in their "right place" (sunny-dry soils, for example) with at least 6 species for each light and soil-moisture zone.

The other side has basic native landscaping tips and recommended links and books for additonal information. You can get a copy at any Broward Chapter event.

Or view the brochure online here.



Native Plant Lists


Native Nurseries in Broward, Dade, & Palm Beach Counties


Butterfly Plants

Native plants have longstanding relationships with wildlife. By longstanding relationships, we mean thousands to millions of years. An ancestral butterfly of the living Metalmark is encased in amber and exhibited at the Simithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. A butterfly's defense of eating poisonous plants (and some pretty remarkable adaptations to accomplish that) is one example of the complexity and interdepence between one species of butterfly and particular plant genera or species. Many birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other creatures require particular native plant species for food, reproduction, essential nurtients, and health. Below are three plant lists that help you match butterflies with the native plants they require or desire.

As a new butterfly gardener, you don't need to understand these complex relationships between wildlife and plants. In fact, science has only begun to observe and understand it. If you plant native species, you will be amazed by the birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that come to your garden. The lists below are some of the well-known "butterfly plants". Choose a few to discover those you like, that wildlife likes, and that thrive in the light, soils, and soil moisture where you plant them.

Please visit the Broward Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) for much more information about butterflies.

The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.